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Police woman kills kids and takes own life

DDP/The Local · 8 Jun 2010, 13:10

Published: 08 Jun 2010 13:10 GMT+02:00

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The body of the 32-year-old officer, her five-year-old son and her 10-year-old daughter were found in their home Monday in Oranienburg just north of Berlin, the authorities said.

“It’s a matter of a personal tragedy,” state prosecutor Andreas Pelzer said. “So far we have no evidence that the crime had causes relating to her occupation.”

He refused to go into much detail about how the deaths happened, partly out of concern for the family. But the head of the serious crimes branch said all three had died of strangulation, adding that more details would emerge through post-mortems being held in Potdam.

The woman lived alone with her children. She had not been on leave, Pelzer said. Regarding the discovery of the bodies, he said only that they had been found by people associated with the woman.

No suicide note was found, Pelzer said.

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Police from the Ostprignitz-Ruppin are now investigating the background to the crime.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

17:01 June 8, 2010 by Prufrock2010
So how did she strangle herself? More great journalism from The Local.
17:29 June 8, 2010 by dcgi
I think the article means that she probably hung herself after murdering her children.
22:13 June 8, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I agree with Dcgi. The investigator probably just didn't go into details. Nonetheless, it's such an unfortunate thing. Just this morning, I had a comprehensive debate on the topics of Suicide and Psychology. And at this point, I'm absolutely sure, without even a shred of doubt, that people would do things such as this far, far less, if they actually understood how to deal with their feelings.

This is just one reason why Psychology should become the foundation of human life.
01:50 June 9, 2010 by froogler#1
Prufrock2010 you are a basket case aren't you?.. how else does one strangle him'herself? or do you just want to savor the pleasure of reading more about a murder-suicide? please!!
16:16 June 9, 2010 by Avidror
When examining the motives that could have led her to kill her children and to take her own life, some people here have stated that maybe the psychological pressure derived from her job had something to do with the events. Some other people have answered that even if that was the case, it's undeniable that she acted wrongfully.

Nobody can of course justify something like that. But an explanation is necessary, regardless of whether it can serve as a ground for exemption from criminal responsibility (I mean, in the case she was still alive and thus liable criminal charges).

She also killed herself, so she can't be examined by a psychiatrist in order to know why she did it and her degree of guilt.
16:17 June 9, 2010 by Prufrock2010
froogler#1 --

My comment was simply intended as a criticism of the incredibly poor writing in the article, which could have been written by many of the subliterate posters here. If the woman hanged herself (not "hung" herself, as one poster suggested), the article should simply have stated that. The improper use of the word "strangled" falsely implies that there may have been another party involved.

I am otherwise profoundly disinterested in the lurid details of this unfortunate event.
16:28 June 9, 2010 by Avidror
By the way, how much time did she spend in the police at the moment of the crime? Maybe she was new in the police service, and she wasn't able to bear the pressure she began to encounter.

Her familiar status should also be investigated: she lived alone with her children. Why? What did happen to the father of the children? Did he die or did they divorce? In such a case, how much time did pass since that? Was the father of the children known to them and to her?
10:48 June 11, 2010 by vjtheking
She probably 'hung' out her clothes but forgot to take them off and Lo! A human pendulum...

On a serious note, while its the most pathetic thing to take the lives of young, defenseless children if you've had it with your own life, in this case I think she probably did her kids a HUGE favour... Imagine a 5 & 10 year old having to live the rest of their lives on state handouts & the 'sympathy' of others... Do you see a druggie or sociopath in the making?
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